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George was born in Heath Town, Wolverhampton, in 1891, the son of James and Eliza Griffiths. They were living at 44 Church Street, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, together With George’s brother James and sisters Annie, Margaret and Rose. They were still living in Church Street in 1901, together with an additional three siblings – Arthur, Esther and Frances. He married Margaret Love in 1910, and they had a daughter, Margaret, in 1911. George seems to appear on the 1911 census twice – once with his parents at 101 Wood End, Wednesfield (where he is listed as “married”), and once in his own property at 8 Badgers Fold, Wood End, Wednesfield, together with wife and child (although here their surname is Griffith rather than Griffiths). George had become a coal miner.

George enlisted with the 8th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers (number 15884). On 21 May 1917, his name was listed in the Express & Star as one of the local men who had been wounded. Whether he recovered from those particular wounds or not is unknown, but he died of wounds in France on 19 March 1918. He is remembered at the Roye New British Cemetery in France, as well as on the Wednesfield Village Roll of Honour.